Need for Speed: Most Wanted

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted cover
Developers
EA Black Box
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
EAGL 3
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2005
Need for Speed: Most Wanted guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Most Wanted at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
The Need for Speed 1994
Need for Speed II 1997
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: High Stakes 1999
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed 2000
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Underground 2003
Need for Speed: Underground 2 2004
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2005
Need for Speed: Carbon 2006
Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
Need for Speed: World 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
Need for Speed: The Run 2011
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) 2012
Need for Speed Rivals 2013
Need for Speed (2016) 2016
Need for Speed Payback 2017
Need for Speed: Edge TBA

For the 2012 game, see Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012).

General information

Need for Speed Wiki

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc v4 DRM[Note 1].
Windows
This game is not available digitally.

Version differences[edit]

An alternative version of the game labelled Black Edition is also available which adds a number of exclusive bonuses.[3]

Essential improvements[edit]

Disable AI catch-up (rubber band effect)[edit]

Use NFSMWExOpts[citation needed]
  1. Download NFSMW Extra Options.
  2. Extract scripts\ and dinput8.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Open NFSMWExtraOptionsSettings.ini.
  4. Change NoCatchUp = 0 to NoCatchUp = 1.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\MOVIES\
  2. Delete or rename attract_movie_english_ntsc.vp6, ealogo_english_ntsc.vp6, and psa_english_ntsc.vp6.

Notes

If you have another language then the delete the file with your language instead, and if you have the PAL version the files will have PAL instead of NTSC at the end.

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.3 is the last patch for the game. Resolves a number of issues and is strongly recommended.[4]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\EA Games\Need for Speed Most Wanted\

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\NFS Most Wanted\<user-id>\
Need for Speed: Underground 2 savegame grants you extra in-game cash[5]

Video settings[edit]

General video settings
General video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings
ThirteenAG's fix requires the latest patch. See Patches.

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Set custom FOV with NFS-VltEd[6]
  1. Download NFS-VltEd.
  2. Extract the contents and open the application.
  3. Click on File → Open and select the installation folder.
  4. On the left side, expand camerainfo and default.
  5. Select the camera you want to modify (bumper, close, etc.)
  6. On the right side, expand FOV and change the value beside [0] to the FOV you want.
    • For the hood camera, you may have to change the value for each car individually.
  7. Click on File → Save to apply the changes.
Set custom FOV with RockportEd[6]
  1. Download Ultimate ASI Loader and extract it to the installation folder.
  2. Download RockportEd and extract it to scripts\ in the installation folder (create if it doesn't exist).
  3. Start the game and press Insert to show/hide RockportEd.
  4. Select the Camera Editor and adjust the FOV slider.
  5. Click on Save Preset to apply the changes.

Notes

Other options such as camera height and vertical angle can also be adjusted.

Windowed[edit]

Set windowed mode[6]
  1. Download NFSMW Extra Options.
  2. Extract scripts\ and dinput8.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Download RockportEd and extract it to scripts\ in the installation folder.
  4. Open NFSMWExtraOptionsSettings.ini.
  5. Change WindowedMode = 0 to WindowedMode = 1 for borderless or WindowedMode = 2 for bordered.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Mono and Stereo only.
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
By default, game plays sound in 22 kHz. To change into high quality 44 kHz, set level of details to max (sometimes to level 3), and restart the game.

To restore DirectSound, and inject OpenAL HRTF table, download dsoal with HRTF tables

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Available here.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
4
Online play
4 Online play was retired on August 2011

Issues fixed[edit]

TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game.

Poor Framerate & Crashes[edit]

Install DirectPlay
Windows 8/8.1/10 removes important DirectX components, causing game to run poorly, and possibly lead to multiple crashes. These components can be brought back by installing DirectPlay. More about DirectPlay here.
  • Do not use compatibly mode when DirectPlay is installed. Compatibly mode will ignore the old DirectX libraries.
  • It is recommended to reinstall the game after installing DirectPlay.
  1. Go to Control Panel, and select 'Programs'.
  2. Select 'Turn Windows features on and off'
  3. Click on 'Legacy Components' and check the box 'DirectPlay'.
  4. Select OK, once the installation is done, restart your computer.

Can't install both NFS Underground and NFS Most Wanted (2005) on the same PC[edit]

This problem occurs because both games use the same name for their main executables (speed.exe). After installing one game and attempting to install the other, its autorun program assumes it's already been installed.
Workaround[citation needed]
  1. Install the first game. It doesn't matter whether it's Underground or Most Wanted.
  2. Go to the installation folder.
  3. Change the name of speed.exe to anything else.
  4. Install the other game.
  5. Restore the original name of the first game's speed.exe.

Controller deadzone issues[edit]

Fix left stick deadzone[7]
  1. Install ThirteenAG's fix.
  2. Deadzone can be adjusted in NFSMostWanted.WidescreenFix.ini.

Stability issues[edit]

List of patches:
  • "Pure virtual function call" when spawning a roadblock is fixed.
  • Random crash on Attrib::StringToLowerCaseKey fixed.
  • Random crash after evading pursuit fixed.
  • use_best_fit ignored, stabilizes the memory management subsystem
  • Custom purecall handler that will crash the game and allow dump generation instead of showing meaningless dialog box (optional)
  • Timebug fix (optional)
Install MWFixes[8]

Can't set shadows on Intel GPU[edit]

On a PC with Intel GPU (or with Nvidia Optimus technology), the Shadow detail option is inactive.
Install ThirteenAG's fix[citation needed]

Menu lag on multicore systems[edit]

Change CPU Affinity[citation needed]
  1. Open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Look for nfs.exe process.
  3. Right-click it, then click Set Affinity.
  4. Leave a checkbox on 1 with the other unchecked.
  5. Click OK.

Game settings keeps resetting[edit]

Run the game in compatibility mode[citation needed]
  • Set options: "Disable display scaling on high DPI settings" and "Run program as an administrator".

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 2.0 [9]
64-bit executable

Mods[edit]

High Quality Vinyls[edit]

A port of the high quality vinyls from the Xbox 360 version to PC.

High resolution textures[edit]

Install Modern Rockport v. II or 1.0
  • Comparisons between various texture mods can be found here

NFSMW World Controller[edit]

Can be used to change the camera, time speed, and HUD visibility.

NFS Music Player[edit]

This is a custom music player replacement and a BASS library interface for NFS.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 4 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 3 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7500
Nvidia GeForce 2000 MX or GTS Series
Intel 950/i915g
S3 GammaChrome S18 Pro
DirectX 9.0 compatible
ATI Radeon 9800 series
Nvidia GeForce FX 5900
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible
Controller Keyboard and Mouse USB-based DirectInput compatible Gamepad or Racing Wheel

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References